Introduction to biber

Biber is a BibTeX replacement for users of biblatex, written in Perl, with full Unicode support.

This package is known to build and work properly using an LFS-8.4 platform.

Package Information



The biber source tarball shown above downloads with the correct name, biber-2.12.tar.gz, if using a browser such as Firefox. If you prefer to use a command line program such as wget, you normally would obtain v2.12.tar.gz. To obtain this package with the proper filename, run:

wget -c \
     -O biber-2.12.tar.gz


Required Additional Download

Biber Dependencies


autovivification-0.18 Business-ISBN-3.004 Business-ISMN-1.201 Business-ISSN-1.003 Class-Accessor-0.51 Data-Compare-1.25 Data-Dump-1.23 Data-Uniqid-0.12 DateTime-Calendar-Julian-0.100 DateTime-Format-Builder-0.81 Encode-EUCJPASCII-0.03 Encode-HanExtra-0.23 Encode-JIS2K-0.03 File-Slurper-0.012 PerlIO-utf8_strict-0.007 IPC-Run3-0.048 Lingua-Translit-0.28 List-AllUtils-0.15 List-MoreUtils-0.428 Log-Log4perl-1.49 LWP-Protocol-https-6.07 Module-Build-0.4224 Regexp-Common-2017060201 Sort-Key-1.33 Text-BibTeX-0.85 Text-CSV-1.99 Text-Roman-3.5 Unicode-Collate-1.27 Unicode-LineBreak-2019.001 XML-LibXML-Simple-0.99 XML-LibXSLT-1.96 XML-Writer-0.625 and texlive-20180414 (or install-tl-unx, but for that you can use tlmgr update )



This version of biber requires at least perl-5.26.0. If you are using an older version of perl you may prefer to install v2.7 - for that see the BLFS-8.1 book.

Recommended (required for the testsuite)



It is possible to install all missing dependencies automatically. But from perl-5.22.0 onwards, Module-Build-0.4224 is no longer part of the core perl distribution. To automatically install the remaining perl dependencies you can install that module first using automatic installation of perl modules. then run perl ./Build.PL and when it prompts you, become the root user and run ./Build installdeps

User Notes:

Installation of Biber

Install Biber by running the following commands:

perl ./Build.PL &&

To test the results, enter: ./Build test

Now, as the root user:

tar -xf ../biblatex-3.12.tds.tgz -C /opt/texlive/2018/texmf-dist &&
texhash &&
./Build install

Command Explanations

tar -xf biblatex-3.12.tds.tar.gz -C /opt/texlive/2018/texmf-dist: this installs the new biblatex files over those installed by texlive.

texhash : this updates the file hash tables (otherwise known as the file name database).


Installed Programs: biber
Installed Library: None
Installed Directory: /usr/lib/perl5/site_perl/5.*{,/<arch>-linux/auto}/Biber

Short Descriptions


is used for producing bibliographies in LaTeX documents.

Last updated on 2019-02-21 14:03:45 -0800